Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

poppy

play
noun pop·py \ˈpä-pē\

Simple Definition of poppy

  • : a type of plant that has bright red or orange flowers and that is the source of opium; also : its flower

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of poppy

plural

poppies

  1. 1 a :  any of a genus (Papaver of the family Papaveraceae, the poppy family) of chiefly annual or perennial herbs with milky juice, showy regular flowers, and capsular fruits including the opium poppy and several forms cultivated as ornamentals b :  an extract or decoction of poppy used medicinally

  2. 2 :  a strong reddish orange

Origin and Etymology of poppy

Middle English popi, from Old English popæg, popig, modification of Latin papaver


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with poppy


POPPY Defined for Kids

poppy

play
noun pop·py \ˈpä-pē\

Definition of poppy for Students

plural

poppies

  1. :  a plant with a hairy stem and showy usually red, yellow, or white flowers




Medical Dictionary

poppy

play
noun pop·py \ˈpäp-ē\

Medical Definition of poppy

plural

poppies

  1. :  any herb of the genus Papaver (family Papaveraceae, the poppy family); especially :  opium poppy




Learn More about poppy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up poppy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of striking ability or excellence

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

brumal hiemal vernal estival
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ